6:30pm – Deception Island
Insane seal action on the beach (a huge leopard seal with the distinctive roaring jaw – hordes of other seals, and a lone penguin or two – skuas!), then the best plunge of one’s life – ANTARCTIC SWIMMING! It is pretty much as cold as it looks – not as cold as the hard-core polar-bear-clubbers, but air temps in the upper 30s and water temps though slightly volcanically warmed still pretty much the coldest I’ve ever taken a dip in – and I was always as a kid the person who was willing to swim even when everyone else deemed it unacceptably cold (these figures and seals were really barely twenty feet down the beach from where we were taking the plunge)...
Best swim of 2009 thus far! I did 2 full stroke cycles, I was determined to REALLY feel that I had swum in Antarctica!
(Pictures courtesy of Brent!)